Body and Soul

Redemption: The Salvation and Perfection of the Body

Toward the end of the second century, Irenaeus, the bishop of Lyons, wrote a text called Adversus Haereses (Against the Heresies), and the principle heresy that he identified therein was Gnosticism. […] Scan through Irenaeus’s voluminous writings, and you will find the word “body” over and over again. Creation, Incarnation, Resurrection, the theology of the Church, […]

You, Reaching Toward Heaven

From Cathedral of You at Pietra Fitness:  God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth: the architect Christ Jesus: the foundation, the cornerstone, the Exemplar, the Plan Holy Spirit: the supernatural breath of life within us Your Body: the structure Your Soul: the tabernacle, where the Holy Spirit dwells Your Intellect and Will: the caretaker, […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 2

—from Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections Lent Day 27 – Why Your Body Matters for Prayer Christian prayer is embodied prayer. In C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters we discovered an experienced devil giving lessons to a young temptor. At one point, the veteran orders his young charge to encourage his ‘client,’ a budding Christian, to envision prayer as […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 1

God united divinity and humanity in the person of Christ not to free us from our bodies but to redeem them and all creation. God made us with souls and bodies. God wants us to worship him with our whole being—body and soul. Bowing and kneeling, robes, thrones and crowns, white, scarlet and purple, incense, […]